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Houston County teens plan first ever pageant for girls with disabilities

Pageant queens from each school are teaming up to put together pageant.
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Several high school girls in Houston County are teaming up to give back to their community. 

Pageant queens from the county's high schools are putting together the first ever pageant for girls with disabilities. They say it's an opportunity to put the spotlight on girls, who they say are sometimes overlooked. 

Behind the sashes and tiaras...girls from different Houston County schools are hard at work to put together something special.

"We thought it was a good idea to get other girls involved, not just the high school girls," Laura Dominey, a rising senior, who also happens to be Miss Northside High School 2014, said.

She along with Kelsey Hollis, and Deja Cheatham are all pageant queens.

"I've had a lot of fun getting to know these girls. I never though I would get a chance to meet any of them to be honest," Dominey said.

The idea came from Kelsey Hollis, who's brother was diagnosed with autism.

"I've seen a lot of the opportunities that I've had as I've grown up, and other people around me have had. I've noticed that he doesn't always get those opportunities," Hollis said.

So she decided to link up with other area queens to give at least one of those opportunities to girls who don't normally get that chance.

"I think that with having a crown and sash, you're really given a job, and with being a queen you really want to do something that is going to make a difference and make an impact on the community around you," Hollis said.

Contestants will go through some of the same parts of the show like other pageants like interviews and a talent portion.

"I think it's good to have a chance for the girls to feel pretty and feel like 'Oh I'm one of them now, I'm like one of the big girls, and that's really cool," Cheatham said.

In the end, the queens want to show that it shouldn't matter what differences the girls have, saying at the end of the day they're all the same.

"This pageant, I'm hoping will be like a tradition, that all of the girls in the county, will get a chance to be involved in something bigger than just their school," Dominey said.

The winner of the Miss Houston County Queen of the Summer will work alongside the other queens of county's schools.

The pageant is on Friday, July 11th, at 6 p.m. on the CGTC Warner Robins campus.  
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